If you want my opinion about who is going to win Euro 2012, I would say that it has to be either Spain or England. Spain won the World Cup two years ago, Euro 2008 two years before that and recently went over a year unbeaten. In Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas they have arguably the best three midfielders in the world now that Paul Scholes has retired, while it is likely that seven of their starting eleven will come from Barcelona who have won the Champions League for the last three out of four years. Casillas is still young despite his years of experience – he now has more Champions League appearances under his belt than anyone and is still only thirty and a goalkeeper – while upfront they boast Villa, Torres and Pedro, a triumvirate of lethal goal potential that will no doubt be giving every defender in Europe nightmares over this season.
If anyone is going to cause them problems then it is going to be England. They have the defence to deal with Spain’s attacking threats thanks to the partnership of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in central defence, while the emergence of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at Manchester United leaves the defence looking watertight once you factor in Ashley Cole at left-back as well. Fabio Capello can also thank Ferguson for his options in midfield and up front – Rooney is England’s talisman while the emergence of Tom Cleverley in central midfield and Danny Wellbeck as striker in the Manchester United first team means that they will also most likely be challenging for England places. Michael Carrick is also an England regular.
Capello also has young players from Arsenal – Wilshere has been described in some quarters as a future England captain due to the maturity he has shown on the pitch despite his lack of years, while Walcott will hope to make enough of an impression over the coming season to ensure that there is no repeat of when he was left out of the England squad for the World Cup at the last minute two years ago due to Capello’s lack of faith in his ability to score goals.
One of these ridiculously strong squads is bound to win the coming tournament, which is why they will no doubt be attracting the majority of Euro 2012 betting. For this reason, their Euro 2012 odds are likely to be slashed quickly over the coming season so if you are planning to bet on who is going to win the tournament, bet on one of these two and do it as soon as possible.